Video Interviews and Video Resumes – Is this the future of Recruiting?

Remote work will continue beyond the pandemic. Perhaps not at the levels during the thick of the shutdowns in 2020 here in Canada but, we are seeing a trend with our clients that suggests that remote work will continue to be part of workforce planning for the foreseeable future.

Adapting to the new normal of recruiting virtually during the pandemic meant we needed to stay on top of the best way to keep the hiring process moving along for our candidates and clients while ensuring pandemic-related safety and compliance requirements were met. Fortunately for us, we had only a short slow down period in our business due to Covid-19. By the fall of 2020, we found many of our clients were eager and ready to continue to source great talent to support their business plans despite the challenges. What this meant for Recruiting Concepts was adapting; bringing in new technology to enable us to meet our client’s needs in a new way.

Recorded Video Interviews:

Becoming a member of an amazing International Group of Executive Recruiters has lead to some outstanding innovations in our business.

Through @IPTER  we met a member in Morocco who shared with us a software tool he started using for his recruiting business, called @myInterview   We quickly saw the value of utilizing this recorded video interview tool to help us streamline and quicken the process of connecting our clients with their top talent matches using technology. Moving from coordinating in-person interviews for our candidates and clients to using a tool that allowed a candidate to virtually showcase their talents and personalities in a way that was unique and personal was a game-changer. What seemed like a stop-gap solution to a Covid related challenge at first has figured prominently into our full hiring process and our clients absolutely love it! We give our applicants 3 questions to record themselves answering and an opportunity for retakes if required all using their phone or laptop. It’s genius.  The idea here is not to create an intimidating exercise but rather to give them an opportunity to come forward as a real person much quicker in the process of applying. Personality and communication skills can shine through.

Video Resumes:

Just yesterday, I was shown a series of videos on @TikTok  that were actually job advertisements in video form! Both restaurant-related businesses that featured a fun, dancing-filled video that is a bit of a trend out there that looks like a random video at first but, soon you realize that it is an advertisement for a job with an easy tap to Apply Now. How fun!  How innovative.

Video resumes are not necessarily a new concept but, a very timely one indeed. I recall many years ago seeing this idea come up but, the videos were not very accessible and from my memory, didn’t really catch on. In today’s day and age, everyone has a phone with a camera, and the comfort and ease in which people video themselves are mainstream. @TikTok  is an entertainment platform fueling culture. It is now being used as a channel for recruitment and job discovery. I was amazed to see bright gutsy people using short videos to showcase their individual talents with the “Here’s why you should hire me” focus. I absolutely love this idea; the pandemic further secured people’s comfort being on video with Zoom/Teams/Google Meet etc. This seems like a natural progression that is exciting to see unfold. It will likely be met with some hesitance, there will be generations who will naturally gravitate to using this form of video for the purpose of hiring and being hired and those who will not.

Video is the new In Person:

We are amid a turning point when it comes to recruitment and hiring. We saw extreme shifts in how we hire because of the pandemic that will likely remain even if there is a readaptation of some of the traditional ways of hiring in person. I am seeing some real excitement with my clients who love the tools & technology we are using to support their complex hiring needs but those who want to see people in person once again, commonly towards the end of the hiring process. We are carefully paying attention to the new virus strains and protocols going on to ensure the safety of our candidates and our clients. I predict that video interviews and video resumes will be mainstream very soon. I do think there are a few of us that value the in-person component of interviewing being blended back into this new way – Nothing beats a face-to-face if we can all be safe!

Fingers crossed!

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Recruiting Concepts has proudly joined the IPTER International Network!

Recruiting is changing. The change is in line with the rapid shift toward a global marketplace. Recruiting Concepts would like our valued and future clients to know that we can help them out with their local hiring requirements as well as their international hiring requirements.

Recruiting Concepts is happy to announce that we have joined an international network of Executive Search firms: IPTER.NET.

We can now help our clients with their recruiting needs in more than 45 countries and 6 continents with our team approach. This team operates from 80+ offices with 630+ people altogether. Our main areas of competence within this network are Executive Search / Headhunting, Candidate Attraction, Assessment tools, and Associated HR Consultancy Services.

If your business has a division outside of Canada or you are looking to market your job opportunities to international candidates we can help!

Our partners are all expert recruitment firms that know their local recruitment markets well. Take a look at IPTER.NET.

If interested, we can always have an introductory meeting and present the network.

For more information, please contact Krista Wright.

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Recruit Faster Hire Better

Recruit Faster. Hire Better with Jobilla

What if you could hire faster and better than your competition-even in today’s tight labour market!

 

Enter Jobilla, a recruiting software that allows you to reach that elusive 75% passive candidate market while saving you time and money. Designed with the candidates’ point of view, Jobilla reaches candidates through social media integration and lead generation tools that lure them in with interesting content about you and your organization.

 

“Traditional methods of recruiting only get you ¼ of the potential candidates available”

 

Often the best candidates for your position are the ones already employed. Jobilla uses unique ways of reaching those potential candidates using engaging technology and through their matching system, they pick the BEST candidates based on their answers.

 

No more sifting through countless resumes, wasting time and money, only to find the candidates aren’t qualified!

 

We would be happy to explain how Jobilla can work for you! Make an appointment with our Canadian Jobilla specialist

-Krista Wright

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Difficult hires plaguing your Business?

Specializing in complex hiring requirements, Recruiting Concepts works as your strategic and highly consultative partner. Our ability to access talent pools unique to your organization and penetrate passive markets ensures that we find THE candidate that fits your role perfectly!

  1. Your job posting is selectively distributed to both Major and specialty job boards.
  2. Postings include Domestic, International or Remote opportunities
  3. Effective and precise AI pre-screening tailored to your requirements
  4. Your unique culture and mission are highlighted
  5. Candidates find it easy to follow the screening process
  6. Delivers the top 2% of the candidate pool

Recruiting

Posted on select job boards and through our professional networks, your job receives targeted exposure

Assessments and Screens

Screening and candidate assessments are customized based on your roles’ unique requirements

Employment Process Flow

For both Candidates and you as the Company hiring, the process is seamless from beginning to end.

Passive Candidate Market Penetration

Using modern Social Media Integrations + Lead Generation tools.  Recruiting Concepts now offering innovative Digital Headhunting platform to capture an audience of applicants where traditional methods of attraction are not working.

Mobile Friendly

Candidates can apply through a variety of channels and can easily engage in the screening and assessments process all on the go!

 

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COVID-19 has changed the face of recruitment-Is your organization prepared?

Sooner than anyone could have predicted, COVID-19 changed our world at work. It disrupted workplace culture, accelerated the need for strategic initiatives in talent management and altered recruitment and talent retention dramatically.

To keep ahead, recruitment must be agile to best position your organization ahead of uncertainty. But how?

The following three areas are key as you build your recruitment strategy: core skills, workplace culture and technology.

Basic candidate requirements such as cultural fit, strong communication skills, the ability to work in teams and have a growth mindset, haven’t changed in this environment-but it’s the addition of new skills such as the ability to self-direct and technical skills that are now crucial-as remote work becomes the new norm for the foreseeable future.

Workplace culture drastically changed in the face of remote work. At a management level they must provide clearer direction and more guidance at the beginning of projects, they are acutely aware of the impact of self-isolation and mental health (there is a reason why they have solitary confinement in prison). All of this necessitates the need to develop or redefine workplace culture that recognizes boundaries of work and home.

Collaborative technologies such as screen-sharing, video conferencing, shared file storage, digital whiteboards, smartphone chat groups—are both freely available and sophisticated. Organizations have had to revisit… “it’s just better to do it face-to-face.”

Reviewing what new skills are needed for your potential new hires, recognizing and communicating how your workplace culture has changed and embracing the new technologies are all part of having a successful recruitment strategy.

If this seems daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Recruiting Concepts has 20 years of experience in proven hiring techniques for companies requiring sound advice. Let us help you navigate the “new normal” in recruiting!

 

 

 

 

 

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